Peace versus Justice

(Blog May 2013)

The world today. While going through all
the news I cannot help being just a little bit surprised.

Out of all the violence this world is
victim of, two items strike me most. Especially their co-existence in today’s news:
While the EU foreign ministers come together to decide whether or not to arm the Syrian
opposition, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia ‘celebrates’
its 20th anniversary. Is there something I fail to comprehend or has
conflict resolution been degraded to discourse analysis in historical
perspective rather than a responsibility to protect humanity?

The media is directing all attention on The Hague as Muslim residents en masse
travel to Syria to fight alongside their brothers and sisters against Assad. Meanwhile
theatres across the city are screening Hannah Arendt’s movie.

When the ICTY can close its doors, somewhere in the near future, perhaps the
building can host a new tribunal, for Syria. But wait…we need an arrest warrant? Who dares?

Richard Holbrooke, you are missed.

Dag Hammarskjold comes to mind “Everything will be all right -
you know when? When people, just people, stop thinking of the United Nations as
a weird Picasso abstraction and see it as a drawing they made themselves. “

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